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Eastern Libya Declares Itself Semi-Autonomous

Oil-rich region makes move against NTC's wishes

(Newser) - Thousands of civic leaders gathered in Benghazi today to declare that Eastern Libya would become a semi-autonomous region known as Cyrenaica—a move strenuously opposed by Libya's official interim government, the National Transitional Council. The conference elected Ahmed al-Zubair, an NTC member and the longest-serving political prisoner under Moammar... More »

53 Gadhafi Supporters Apparently Executed

Bodies found in abandoned Sirte hotel on Friday

(Newser) - Troubling news out of Libya: Human Rights Watch discovered the bodies of 53 people yesterday—apparent Gadhafi loyalists who appear to have been executed in the garden of a Sirte hotel. The decomposing bodies, which looked to have been killed between Oct. 14 and 19, were found in an area... More »

Clinton Makes Unannounced Visit to Libya

Secretary of State brings aid, support

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton arrived in Libya today on an unannounced visit, the first by a Cabinet-level US official since Moammar Gadhafi was driven from Tripoli almost two months ago. Clinton’s visit to the capital, which was kept secret for security reasons, is expected to last just hours, the BBC reports.... More »

Libya Could Fall to Extremists: NATO

Tensions growing between rebel camps

(Newser) - The fall of Moammar Gadhafi's regime has created a power vacuum in Libya that could be exploited by Islamic extremists, warns NATO's secretary-general. As splits emerge in the rebel leadership and the remnants of Gadhafi's forces launch fresh attacks, the former rebels need to form a stable... More »

Gadhafi Poised to Flee as Rebels Near Tripoli

Leader preparing for exile in Tunisia, US officials say

(Newser) - Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year rule may be entering its final days, US officials tell NBC , citing intelligence reports. The dictator has made preparations to flee with his family to exile in Tunisia, according to the sources. The rebels seeking to end his rule have made dramatic advances in recent days... More »

Libyan Rebels Consider Two- State Solution

Rebels creating their own government, infrastructure in east

(Newser) - The Libyan rebels insist they want one state, with Tripoli as its capital, but as the fighting drags on, Benghazi is starting to look an awful lot like the capital of a separate state, with its own government and even its own oil business , the Washington Post observes. “We... More »

Libyan Rebel Commanders Can't Stand Each Other

'They behaved like children' at meeting

(Newser) - As rebel fighters suffered battlefield defeats last week, the movement's ad-hoc leadership council called a meeting of its three top commanders and discovered something disheartening: They can’t stand each other. “They behaved like children,” committee head Fathi Baja tells the New York Times . What’s more, the... More »

France First to Recognize Libyan Rebels NATO meets to discuss no-fly zone

(Newser) - France today became the first country to recognize the Libyan National Council as the only legitimate representative of the Libyan people, following a meeting between Nicolas Sarkozy and two representatives from the upstart government, the New York Times reports. France says it will soon engage ambassadors with the rebel group,... More »

Rebels: We'll Let Gadhafi Leave If...

Group sets conditions for leader's ouster, according to one source

(Newser) - And the conflicting reports just keep coming: Al Jazeera is reporting that the head of a major Libyan rebel group has promised that if Moammar Gadhafi "leaves Libya immediately, during 72 hours, and stops the bombardment, we as Libyans will step back from pursuing him for crimes. We may... More »

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